Review: A Shadow in the Ember by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Born shrouded in the veil of the Primals, a Maiden as the Fates promised, Seraphena Mierel’s future has never been hers.

Chosen before birth to uphold the desperate deal her ancestor struck to save his people, Sera must leave behind her life and offer herself to the Primal of Death as his Consort.

However, Sera’s real destiny is the most closely guarded secret in all of Lasania—she’s not the well protected Maiden but an assassin with one mission—one target.

Make the Primal of Death fall in love, become his weakness, and then…end him. If she fails, she dooms her kingdom to a slow demise at the hands of the Rot. Sera has always known what she is.

Chosen. Consort. Assassin. Weapon.

A specter never fully formed yet drenched in blood. A monster. Until him. Until the Primal of Death’s unexpected words and deeds chase away the darkness gathering inside her. And his seductive touch ignites a passion she’s never allowed herself to feel and cannot feel for him. But Sera has never had a choice. Either way, her life is forfeit—it always has been, as she has been forever touched by Life and Death.

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“Color me surprised,” he said, lips curving upward. “I expected you to have some sort of retort.”


I got an ARC as part of Jennifer’s review team. I stayed up until 3am finishing this after I got it. It was amazing. Bear with me, this might be incoherent. I promise to edit it once I can speak English again.

Okay, so Sera might be my new favorite female character….ever. She’s badass, relatable, curvy, and just FANTASTIC. She struggles with a lot from how she was raised and it’s so nice seeing her continue to deal with that throughout the book.

Nyktos is such an interesting character too. He reminds me of Cas, but in a more…rugged way? He’s got a bit more rough edges, but still has a gooey center, especially when it comes to his draken babies.

Speaking of draken babies. DRAKEN BABIES. Possibly my favorite part of the book. I now desperately need one of my own.

The world building continues to be maybe my favorite part of Jennifer’s books. She manages to craft this dynamic, complex world and then throws you into it and lets you discover it along with the characters. It’s amazing.

THE SPICE. Holy crap the spice. I loved every second of it. It’s a different kind of spice than FBAA, but it fits these characters better and I just loved it. Jennifer is an artist, seriously.

Without giving spoilers, (I will eventually, just once it comes out, not now), the ENDING. JENNIFER MA’AM. It’s not a heartbreaking one like TCOGB, but it is one that made me sit up in bed at 3am and go “Um, where’s the rest of it?”

I can’t wait for you all to read this one! It’s amazing!